The 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo was unofficially unveiled today ahead of 2012 Detroit Auto Show thanks to some of our sources. As expected, the new Veloster Turbo is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This is quite an improvement, as the standard Hyundai Veloster is powered by the all-new Gamma 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and maximum torque of 123 lb.-ft. at 4,850 rpm.
This engine is offered as standard with the six-speed manual transmission or an all-new, six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Thanks to the Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology the engine can deliver an estimated highway fuel economy of up to 40 mpg.
The turbocharged 1.6-liter engine found on the Veloster Turbo delivers a maximum torque of 195 lb-ft and it is mated as standard to a 6-speed manual transmission, while an automatic transmission is available as an option.
Veloster Turbo is also heavier than the standard version as the weight is up from 2,584 pounds to 2,800 pounds. The 2013 Hyundai Veloster is expected to deliver a fuel consumption of 27 mpg city and 38 mpg. More details to be revealed when the new car will be officially unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Upon closer look, the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo has a design that appears similar to a custom sport bike. Custom bikes usually feature modified exhaust, and the new Veloster Turbo emulated this by getting rid of the trapezoidal center exhaust and replacing it with two larger free-flowing circular pipes. These pipes – along with a new intake manifold -- allowed the car’s engine to produce a more appealing sound.
Basically, the exterior design of the new Veloster Turbo allows it to exude road aggressiveness while still exhibiting good levels of aerodynamics, thanks to its bigger and bolder hexagonal front grille, its sculpted side skirts and new rear bumper with prominent diffuser vents in the lower fascia. Further accentuating the Veloster Turbo's aggressive front end marked by signature eight individual headlight LED accents are 18-inch gray wheels with chrome inserts. Moreover, the new Veloster Turbo could now be finished in Matte Gray paint.
Perfectly complementing the aggressive looks of the Veloster Turbo is its finely tuned suspension setup as well as upgraded steering components. Now, the Veloster Turbo boasts of a revised steering calibration that complements a quicker ratio steering rack – resulting to more precise cornering, control and feedback.
In addition, the new Veloster Turbo features a McPherson strut front suspension, a 24 mm diameter front stabilizer, coil springs and gas shock absorbers. It also features a light-weight V-torsion beam rear suspension, an integrated 23 mm stabilizer bar that allows arm bracing for greater stiffness and better body roll control. Furthermore, the rear suspension employs monotube shock absorbers to achieve greater ride comfort.
All Veloster models are fitted with electric power steering that offers immediate assistance according to driving conditions. Compared to a conventional steering system, electric power steering helps save more fuel.
Narrow roads won’t be an issue with the new Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s turning diameter of 34.1 feet – which is better than Mini's 35.1 feet and Mini Clubman's 36.1 feet. Its wheels are wrapped in Kumho Solus KH25 215/40R18 85V tires that have been developed to deliver an exceptional performance sans any compromise in the ride.